Geosynthetic reinforced piled embankments

2016 update of the Dutch Design Guideline CUR226

A piled embankment (dutch: 'paalmatras') consists of an embankment on a pile foundation. In a geosynthetic reinforced piled embankment, the embankment is reinforced at its base with a geosynthetic reinforcement (GR). A piled embankment can be built quickly, the influence on adjacent sensitive objects is limited and residual settlements are prevented. An increasing number of piled embankments are being constructed every year.

In the course, the load distribution and load-deformation mechanisms of a geosynthetic reinforced piled embankment will be fully explained. You will have the possibility to practice design with a calculation program and numerical calculations will be introduced. All aspects of design and construction will be explained.

The course is based on the new design guideline Basal Reinforced Piled Embankments which is included in the course price. This design guideline is based on the results of Dutch research, which was conducted in cooperation with many researchers from different countries. Our course leader, Suzanne van Eekelen, was also chair of the guideline committee. 

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Geosynthetic reinforced piled embankments as foundation for transport infrastructure

After following this course, you will be able to:

  • judge whether a piled embankment is an interesting solution in a certain case, and determine its limitations and the differences with other systems;

  • recognize the mechanisms that are decisive for design and which issues are of importance;

  • apply the 2016-update of CUR226 for the design of the Geosynthetic reinforced piled embankment, including the design of the geosynthetic reinforcement;

  • pile design according to the Dutch rules;

  • determine for what purposes numerical calculations are necessary, and you know the main approach how to carry out these calculations.

This course is for

Project managers, advisers, designers, constructors that are involved in the design of basal reinforced piled embankments. Policy makers in transport infrastructure for municipals and regional or national principles. Contractors of transport infrastructure.


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  • Information
    Trainer: Mevr. Dr. S.J.M. van Eekelen (Deltares)
    Course data: Expected in 2023
    Day format: full day course
    Location: Delft, the Netherlands
    Price: € 1,160.00 ex. vat
    Pricing includes all materials and catering
    Study points: 6 (Kenniseenheden Constructeursregister)
    The program will be taught in English.
  • Program

    Day 1

    • Introduction, what is new in CUR226:2016
    • Research and new developments; basic principles, load distribution in a piled embankment
    • Requirements and initial details of reinforced embankments
    • Design of the reinforced embankment
    • Playing with piled embankments and get a feeling: build and test a piled embankment yourself
    • Numerical modelling
    • Materials

    Day 2

    • ​Pile systems and pile caps
    • Cases; realization; details
    • Playing with piled embankments and get a feeling: practice design calculations and optimization
    • Discussion
  • Reviews
    This course is assessed with a 9.0
    “Good lecturing! A good combination between theory and practice in the filed of Basal Reinforced Piled Embankments”
    Coen te Boekhorst (VolkerInfra)
    “Very infomative, nice interaction with instructors during the course, and well organized.”
    Leon Schadee (Fugro Geoservices BV)
    “Very good presentation and good synthesis of the theme.”
    Antônio Sérgio Damasco Penna (Brazil)
    “Very interactive and informative, with practical approaches.”
    July Jaramillo (Huesker Synthetic GmbH)
    “Very useful course with all aspects of design and construction.”
    Lars Jonkman (Volker InfraDesign BV)
    “A good introduction to piled embarkments.”
    R. Somers (SBE NV)
    “Very good course to learn the theory in a more thorough way!”
    W.P. Munsterman (Arthe C&S)
    “Nice balance between practice and theory.”
    M.P. Rooduijn (Fugro Geoservices BV)